CULINARY OCCASIONS
Sagrantino Month at Eataly

The month of March brings New Yorkers the Second Annual Sagrantino Month at Eataly, brought to you by the Montefalco Consortium. The association is responsible for coordinating with local producers and guiding them in both constant quality research and the promotion of the quintessential wines of their territory. Sagrantino Month is part of a year-long Sagrantino campaign. The Sagrantino promotion at Eataly will include a trade seminar, consumer classes, wine tasting, and wine by the glass at all of Eataly's restaurants. The promotion will continue across the country with virtual tastings, trade tastings, meetings, and a consumer awareness and education program. Sagrantino is the regional Umbrian wine and has quickly become a favorite in Italy. Now Sagrantino producers are attempting to expand its success to the United States. There are five participating wineries in the Sagrantino Month promotion, including Antonelli San Marco, Arnaldo Caprai, Perticaia, Scacciadiavoli, and Tenuta Castelbuono.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Rosemary's Debuts in the West Village

Carlos Suarez of BOBO opened up Rosemary's in the West Village last Friday with executive chef Wade Moses (Eataly, Babbo). The restaurant, named for Suarez's mama, is inspired by her home in Lucca, Italy. The menu will feature produce from the rooftop farm, which was designed by Dekar to evoke an elegant Tuscan home. Seasonal Italian dishes from the menu include fresh pastas and a selection of focacce. Rosemary's will also offer take-out in the form of focacce, salads, panini, charcuterie, cheese, and roasted meats and the venue will be open for dinner, with breakfast, lunch, and take-out coming soon. The new joint features an impressive Italian wine list with 40 bottles, all priced at $40, as well as a reserve wine list and a broad selection of wines by the glass, including Prosecco on tap (awesome!).

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Pizza a Quattro Mani

This week kicked off Eataly’s in-house, upscale Italian pizzeria chain, Rossopomodoro’s “Pizza a Quattro Mani” event. Meaning pizza made by four hands in Italian, this event will entail exactly that, a rotating group of guest Neapolitan-style pizzerias cooking alongside pizza maker, Rosario Granieri. Starting at 5 p.m. for the next five Mondays, guest pizzeria’s will use Rossopomodoro’s two, side-by-side wood-fired pizza ovens some of New York City’s best know pizzerias will create their signature pizza’s for Eataly patrons along with Rossopomodoro’s regular menu.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Foodie Approved: Gourmet Super Bowl Parties for Food Lovers

We understand that for some of you foodies out there with a love for football, Super Bowl Sunday poses a dilemma on where to watch the game. Well, you have come to the right place for the solution. Here are some places that you can dine-in or take-out food during the game while satisfying your taste buds.

134 Reade Street 10013 212 941 9401

Iron Chef, Marc Forgione, will be turning his two-star restaurant into a casual bar by bringing in flat screens to watch the game on this Sunday. The menu will include a burger, spicy chicken wings, suckling pig sliders with $5 Miller High Life beers to wash them down. A DJ will also be part of this scene to get the party started.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Buon Compleanno Eataly!

You know it's loud, a bit fussy and- sometimes- smells of cheese. So? What 1-year-old doesn't share these qualities?

Of course, the toddler in question is Eataly, Italian megastore/designer food hall that has been supplying the city with just-made mozzarella and fresh pasta since August 31, 2010. In celebration of Eataly's first birthday, the six restaurants in the space will welcome diners for a single course at each restaurant. All dishes will be accompanied by a wine pairing. Attendees will travel in groups of 40 and can buy tickets for a single seating from 5:00pm to 9:30pm. According to the company's latest Facebook posting, there are still spots available at a number of the seatings, however space is very limited so call or check their website immediately if interested.

THE HOT SPOT
Mario Batali's Newest Hot Spot: La Birreria

Because having over 10 restaurants in the city is never enough, the Italian food guru is moving onto bigger things. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger than Eataly, this charming restaurateur (have you seen those orange crocs?) understood the city’s need beyond food. We’re talking beer this time.

DAILY BITES
Learning from the Pros

Sure, you can make a killer omelet on Sunday mornings and you can certainly boil water for a quick pasta dinner, but why not make it a goal for 2011 to take your cooking skills to the next level? Here are some of the best cooking classes to sign up for right now.

Learn to make fresh pasta with Eataly's resident pastaiolo or pastamaker, Felipe Saint-Martin. Spotlight on Artisanal Products: Fresh Pasta at La Scuola di Eataly.

FOOD + DRINK
A Carnival Called Eataly

The renowned Broadway has been famous for theatre, its inclusion in songs, Time’s Square and well, just being Broadway. Now it seems it has a whole new claim to fame with the opening of Eataly in the flatiron district. The 50,000 square foot (yes. fifty thousand!) market includes multiple eateries, each with a different focus and a surplus of Italian groceries, produce, and wines.

The architectural details alone are a marvel in their own right, but the inclusion of a fishmonger, a butcher, and an oyster bar really push this place over the top. Eataly seems to be similar in concept to the Chelsea market with the benefit of being new.

It can be a challenge to accomplish much, however, due to the sheer volume of people that hurtle through the doors every day (parallels have been drawn with the subway at rush hour.) Nevertheless Eataly is a great new place to grab lunch, a bottle of wine, or groceries!